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Friday, August 5, 2016

Partition and Empire

September 22 and 23, 2016


The imperial partitions of the twentieth century reverberate to the present, and inform contemporary insecurities of different regimes across the world. Present-day challenges to the post­colonial nation­state and its boundaries are often rooted in imperial partitions. Whether in Kashmir, Syria or Palestine, the legacies of partition form the everyday experiences of conflict and violence for millions of people. With these considerations in mind, this conference will explore the theme of partition and empire in global, comparative, and connective frames. Topics include but are not limited to violence; sovereignty; sexuality and the body; displacement and dispossession; memory and cultural production; territoriality and borders; identity and state formation; pedagogies and/or epistemologies of partition.

Keynote Speaker, Sept. 22:



Urvashi Butalia, Publisher and Co-Founder of Kali for Women and Founder of Zubaan Books

Time: 7:00 pm 
Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana


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General Sessions, Sept. 23: 

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5 p.m. with lunch break 12:00 - 1 p.m.Location Illini Union General Lounge, Room 210Illini Union1401 West Green StreetUrbana, Illinois  61801Directions and Parking

Speakers:



  • Arie M. Dubnov, Senior Lecturer, University of Haifa; 
  • Rajmohan Gandhi, CSAMES Emeritus Faculty; 
  • Pranav Jani, Associate Professor of English at The Ohio State University; 
  • Brian Kelly, Queen's University Belfast; 
  • Aparna Kumar, UCLA; 
  • Feargal MacIonnrachtaigh, Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, Queen’s University Belfast; 
  • Deepti Misri, Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder; 
  • Debali Mookerjea-Leonard, James Madison University, 
  • Ibrahim Natil, Visiting Fellow Researcher, University College Dublin; 
  • Penny Sinanoglou, Assistant Professor of History, Wake Forest University.


The imperial partitions of the twentieth century reverberate to the present, and inform contemporary insecurities of different regimes across the world. Present-day challenges to the post­colonial nation­state and its boundaries are often rooted in imperial partitions. Whether in Kashmir, Syria or Palestine, the legacies of partition form the everyday experiences of conflict and violence for millions of people. With these considerations in mind, this conference will explore the theme of partition and empire in global, comparative, and connective frames. Topics include but are not limited to violence; sovereignty; sexuality and the body; displacement and dispossession; memory and cultural production; territoriality and borders; identity and state formation; pedagogies and/or epistemologies of partition.

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